In year 7, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of history. Students will learn about the necessary skills to be a good historian. They will examine the last time England was invaded by William, Duke of Normandy and question how he was able to able to be successful and how Norman rule changed England. Students will examine evidence regarding the relationship between the church and state in medieval England by looking at the importance of the Magna Carta and the role religion played in society. This links to another unit of world history by looking at the importance of Jerusalem before they examine the impact of the Crusades. They will compare England to Mesoamerica in the Early Modern era, looking into the two regions and the extent to which their customs were similar. They end the year with a unit of local history looking at the significance of Wandsworth borough to the history of London and England.
The year 8 curriculum builds on the skills learnt in Year 7 and builds on their focus of local history by examining 17th century London. They will examine key events like the English Civil War and Great Fire of London assessing how far the period was a time of instability. The pupils then study empires, first the Mughal Empire of modern day India, through looking at developments such as the Taj Mahal we debate whether the Mughals are worth remembering. This is then compared with the British Empire, through looking at the reasons as to why the empire grew to such a size and the impact it had on a variety of colonies such as Australia, Nigeria and India. They will also study a consequence of the British Empire, the transatlantic slave trade, looking into the diverse experiences of slaves, and the diverse cultures of pre-slavery West Africa and consider what the term ‘slave’ means. We end the year by looking to migration over time; the experience of migrants from the Roman era through to the arrival of Caribbean migrants after World War Two. They will consider how far their experience was positive and how their customs contributed to British culture.
In year 9 students will follow a 20th century route, preparing some for the start of the GCSE course at the end of the year. They will examine the build up to World War One, considering the role of alliance groups and rivalries, before assessing the reasons why the war lasted so long. They will then look at key changes in the inter-war world on countries such as USA and Germany, debating why the experience of some countries differed. We then consider key changes in Europe that led to World War Two and how the war affected civilians in our local area of Putney and across Britain. The pupils’ will then engage with the Holocaust and what the term ‘genocide’ means. They will ask pertinent questions like, ‘Why were the Nazis not stopped?’ and ‘How did people resist the Nazi policy?’ The pupils will then consider post-war Britain and how prosperous 1950s led to the development of the ‘teenager’ and how similar their lives were to pupils now.
Key Stage 4
Students will study:
Medicine Through Time & The Western Front
They will discover the changes in medicine from the Medieval Period to the present day. They will explore the key discoveries of Louis Pasteur to the work of Florence Nightingale and the key inventions that have shaped how we are treated for illness. Students will go on to study how medicine was implemented during the First World War and how developments were made due to the unique nature of the war.
Within the Germany unit they will be able to develop arguments on the extent to which the Weimar Republic was unstable and the steps put in place by Gustav Stresemann to help Germany recover, economically and politically. They will then look into the origins of the Nazi Party and key changes made by Adolf Hitler when he became party leader, through this they will be able to understand why it the Nazis gained political power. The pupils will then chart the Nazi government and the steps put in place for it to turn Germany into a totalitarian regime and the impact this had on a variety of groups such as women, children and the unemployed.
Students will make an in-depth study of America in the 19th Century and consider the changes made in the geography, economy and society. Students will analyse the movements on Native Americans due to policies of the American government and will assess the impact and consequences of those policies. This topic is a fascinating insight into the development of America from a relatively primitive nation to one that became industrialised and connected via the railway.
Students will consider this period of great social change with differing views on religion; the education of young people and attitudes towards the poorest and most disadvantaged members of society.. They will investigate matters, which include religious issues, especially the Catholic threat to Elizabeth’s security, relations with Philip II of Spain, several social and economic issues, and England’s changing relations with the wider world, including the first steps towards the creation of a seaborne empire.
In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917–96 and South Africa, 1948–94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’
Pupils look at the theme of a search for rights, freedoms and greater equality during the twentieth century. In the USA, the quest for political, social and economic advancement mainly looked to reform existing structures. In South Africa, this quest led to more radical outcomes, bringing an end to the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Britain: losing and gaining an empire, 1763–1914
This unit allows students the opportunity to study Britain's influence on the development of the world. They consider the impact of the Seven Years War and how British rule affected the colonies of America, Canada, Australia and Egypt. The breath topics allow them to assess the role of the Royal Navy as a force for change across the period.